A recent study this summer from UC Berkeley and UCLA looked at homes that were certified as green from a few different organizations. Although the certification standards varied, the homes needed to have details such as well-insulated ceilings and walls and energy-efficient lighting. These are just some of the basics of making a home “green”, as well as efficient appliances, proper HVAC equipment and good indoor air quality. These things unfortunately don’t always happen in new homes, even those with the green label. However, they can and should happen in every home, and that’s why we do what we do.
This study comes from a state with a very nice incentive system in place for energy efficiency retrofits. Energy upgrade California is a good place to start if you are a resident of CA. For residents of other states, you can find some incentive programs from DSIRE. The full study can be found here.
You can also contact one of our locations to learn more about how you can make your home safer, energy efficient, more valuable, and of course, green!